Friday 22 November 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Hall, Royal Porcelain Works Ltd, Severn St, Worcester WR1 2NE

 

 

Zoë Beyers – violin
Kenneth Woods – cello
Ben Humphrey – narrator

 

Programme

David Yang – Lubin from Chelm
– “At home Lubin lived, with his mother. Now Lubin was a bit of a schlemiel, who sat around at home all day… not doing nothing.” This is a hilarious Klezmer adaptation of the traditional English folk tale, Lazy Jack, full of virtuoso fiddling and earthy melodies.

Jay Reise – The Warrior Violinist
– A soulful and beauitful setting of one of humanity’s most ancient myths dating back to Ancient Egypt, it tells the story of a young man who goes to war to win the hand of his love and comes back a different man.

Andrew Waggoner – The Emperor’s New Clothes
– Set brilliantly to quirky and angular music, it recounts the tale of a vain emperor surrounded by sycophants who is brought down to earth by the innocence of a small child. As a parable for the foibles of leadership and power, it seems to get more relevant every day!

Gerald Levinson – Three Fables
– Based on three short, fantastical poems by the brilliant and reclusive American poet Robert Lax. Their whimsical touch belies a profundity matched by the fiendishly virtuosic music. The poems are “Alley Violinist,” “Problem in Design,” and “The Old Magician.”

David Yang – The Matzoh Ball Man
– “Run, run as fast as you can…. You can’t catch me, I’m the Matzoh Ball Man.” More Klezmer-inspired madcap adventures from David Yang.

The art of storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest. But what happens when you bring the spoken word together with the power of music?

Ben Humphrey, Acting Artistic Director of Worcester Live and one of Worcestershire’s most acclaimed thespians will lead the audience through an evening of myth, mischief and adventure, from laugh-out-loud funny to tear-in-your-beer tragic, from the mundane to the surreal. He’s joined by the ESO’s acclaimed Leader, violinist Zoë Beyers, and the orchestra’s Artistic Director, who trades his baton for his cello bow for the evening.

Family friendly, but aimed at all ages.

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